, we understand the connections of a complex global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. and now a page from our sunday morning almanac. february 17, 1972, 41 years ago today. memorable mile post for the little car that could. for that was the day the 15,74th volkswagen beatle rolled off the assembly line. surpassing the old record set by the ford model-t which shut down production in 1927 after a 19-year run. it was german chancellor adolph hitler who launched the v.w. in 1933 when he called on the legendary ferdinand porsche to design a low-cost people's car or volkswagen. large-scale production didn't begin until after world war ii. worldwide success was a while in coming. in all of 1949 exactly two beatles were sold in the united states. over time, however the small car with the rear-mounted air-cooled engine became genuinely cool.